2018-07-04 / World News

Paris principal wins first European Jewish law tourney

The Tunisia-born principal of a rabbinical school in Paris won the championship in a European competition on halacha, or religious Jewish law.

Rabbi Yehoshua Barda of the island of Djerba, who runs the Michkan Avraham school, collected a cash prize of about $7,000 in defeating six other rabbis for the title at an event hall in the French capital, Kol Hazman Radio reported. Thousands came to watch the competition, billed as the first of its kind across Europe, the report said.

The championship, titled Halacha World Cup-Europe, was organized by Rabbi Yitzhak Saban of the Stender organization, which encourages learning of Jewish sources. Barda, a middle aged man who said his students pressured him to compete, breezed through the first three stages of the tournament.

The tournament was advertised at kollels and rabbinical schools, and in the haredi Orthodox media.

The event featured a performance by the Orthodox Jewish singer Avraham Fried. (JTA)

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